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Sgt Pepper vs Sgt Pepper Reprise
20 February 2014
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which do you prefer?

 

 

 

20 February 2014
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I love the opening of the first one and I get really pumped up/excited. However Ringo's drumming in the reprise is so cool, and I love how it leads into "A Little Help From My Friends". So I'd hate to be indecisive but I cannot pick one over the other.

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20 February 2014
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Reprise. For some reason I love the "byee" from John at the beginning, and I just overall like that version better.

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20 February 2014
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Reprise by a country mile. The opener has a feel of a scene setter that is incredibly necessary but is a bit of a drag to go thru, like a prologue in a book that is a slog and you want to skip, whilst the reprise is when the book has come alive, your nearing the end, you just cannot put it down for love nor money and don't want it to end.

The reprise rocks big time with the scorching guitar intro, Ringo's drums and all the fun throwaway asides from John and Paul. Plus i have always loved the line "Sgt. Pepper's one and only lonely hearts club band", it flows so neatly.

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21 February 2014
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meanmistermustard said
Reprise by a country mile. The opener has a feel of a scene setter that is incredibly necessary but is a bit of a drag to go thru, like a prologue in a book that is a slog and you want to skip, whilst the reprise is when the book has come alive, your nearing the end, you just cannot put it down for love nor money and don't want it to end.

The reprise rocks big time with the scorching guitar intro, Ringo's drums and all the fun throwaway asides from John and Paul. Plus i have always loved the line "Sgt. Pepper's one and only lonely hearts club band", it flows so neatly.

I agree, but don't think it's by a 'country mile'.   Also I never feel like skipping the intro.  I love how both build up to the next song too.  I went with the reprise because it just rocks more, and it leaves you wanting more.

23 April 2014
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Love 'em both, and always thought it was a great idea! a-hard-days-night-ringo-8

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23 April 2014
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I love the reprise. So energetic. Original doesn't get me the same way (though I urge you to find the isolated lead guitar on the original, it's scorching).

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23 April 2014
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IveJustSeenAFaceo said

(though I urge you to find the isolated lead guitar on the original, it's scorching).

YES! A wicked little ball of noise it is indeed, especially that mad scramble of notes that abruptly winds down to a lurching stop just before the "Bil-ly Sheeears" bit kicks in - it's as though Paul burned his own fingers and had to drop the guitar. He really could've been one of the great acid-rock noise guitarists if he chose to pursue that path.

I really don't want to choose between the two - like 'em both a lot, each offers something the other doesn't, each has a few flaws that irritate me a bit and that I've surely mentioned before on some other thread. But just for the hell of it, and for the sake of this thread only, I'll choose the reprise for an entirely arbitrary reason: It's the only track on the album featuring standard guitar/bass/drum instrumentation. To segue from that into "A Day In The Life" = wow!

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23 April 2014
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I choose the reprise because

 

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23 April 2014
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This is a much harder question than I thought. Both versions fill me with a thrilling sense of anticipation. The first gets me pumped for the rest of the album and the second gets me pumped for ADITL.

If someone held a rusty nail to my skull with hammer poised, I'd have to go with 'Reprise' only because it rocks a bit more. I'm with @tkj - John's "byee" at the beginning gives me gooseflesh.

By the way, is it pronounced re-prees or re-prize? I've heard it both ways. Maybe a to-may-to vs. to-mah-to thing? a-hard-days-night-ringo-4

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23 April 2014
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It's not a word I've actually heard pronounced many times in real life! But I would assume it's got the "prize" pronunciation, same as "reprisal"

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23 April 2014
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Von Bontee said
It's not a word I've actually heard pronounced many times in real life! But I would assume it's got the "prize" pronunciation, same as "reprisal"

There used to be a record company in the USA called Reprise, and it was pronounced "re-preez." I would hear commercials on the radio, and the announcer would say something about "Frank Sinatra's latest album on Reprise Records…" Plus, I just looked the word up on the website on Howjsay.com, and they pronounce it re-preez. http://www.howjsay.com/index.p.....mit=Submit  Even with this knowledge, I think I'm gonna steer clear of this word. I'm not comfortable with it. When the need arises, I'll use the synonym recapitulate. I like that word.

I like both versions of the song equally well; the album opener, and the, uh… recapitulation

24 April 2014
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It can be pronounced either way. I prefer "re-prize." And I prefer the Reprise.

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24 April 2014
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I've always pronounced it Re-prize. Never even thought about it.

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24 April 2014
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My dictionary (Chambers) lists the pronounciation as "repreeze". That's the way I've always said it.

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24 April 2014
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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8Yeah, that's the way I heard John pronounce it while talking about the "lack of concept" on the Pepper album.

I've always pronounced it re-prize, but since this particular track was born in England, I will refer to it as re-preez.a-hard-days-night-john-1

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24 April 2014
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Maybe it's an accent thing like some places pronounce it one way and some another way.

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24 April 2014
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Annadog40 said
Maybe it's an accent thing like some places pronounce it one way and some another way.

I keep finding "re-preez," but then again, the word "reprisal" is pronounced "re-prize-al." It is troublesome words like this that make the English language difficult to learn. 

Isn't that just like the Beatles to invoke a word like that? I can picture a missing verse of "Hello Goodbye:" "You say re-preez, I say re-prize, you say true, and I say lies, lies, lies…" Or, ya know, maybe I can't picture that.

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24 April 2014
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Well, to be very honest, they both annoy me. Not that I hate them, but it's not like I can say ''Oh the reprise is sooo much better, I love it so much more''

24 April 2014
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Love 'em both! The reprise is a pet favorite of mine, though. Like others have said, it just has a wonderful energy. And it's completely timeless; it sounds like it could have been released yesterday. Add the pitch-matched chicken-intro from "Good Morning" and the fade-out into "Day in the Life" and, well, what else needs to be said?

Pronunciation: I bet it's a verb/noun thing. I.e., "the actor will re-PRIZE his role" vs. "what a wonderful re-PREEZ."

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